Drama Therapy

Drama therapy is an experiential therapy that provides clients with a unique way to tell their story, express feelings, and solve problems. Through imagination and creativity, the client can understand the position of another person or experience things they have not yet experienced. There can be enormous benefits to clients when they can express their emotions in a safe and healing environment. Drama therapy can be particularly helpful in exploring relational difficulties and finding solutions to them.

How is Drama Therapy Different from Acting?

Drama therapy provides clients with artistic expression that results in a cathartic reaction aiding in treating mental health disorders. There is more to the treatment besides merely acting. Like creative writing sessions at Avalon Integrative Wellness, our drama therapy sessions are facilitated by therapists who allow the client to enact a life they desire to lead or work through strife in their life. With proper guidance, clients can see noticeable improvements in their interpersonal relationship skills through participating in drama therapy.

What does Drama Therapy Treat?

Drama therapy is proving to be a versatile treatment that can be used in a wide range of settings and to address a variety of concerns. Our team may use drama therapy as a component of a full treatment plan for:

  • Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress, grief, and loss
  • Substance abuse and addiction

We will evaluate your situation to determine whether drama therapy might benefit you as you create a comprehensive IOP with Avalon Integrative Wellness.

Benefits of Drama Therapy

The integration of drama therapy in a treatment program may reap a variety of benefits, including the following:

  • Provides tools to handle a variety of situations through role-playing activities
  • Promote positive changes in behavior
  • Produce noticeable improvement in interpersonal communication skills
  • Potential to enhance self-awareness and promote personal growth
  • Coordinate physical, mental and emotional health
  • Improve the quality of life overall

How it Works

Drama therapy consists of much more than merely performing in front of others. This treatment modality allows clients to use drama as a springboard that will enable them to explore complex emotions and find ways to live their lives in a happier, more meaningful way. Role-playing is the crucial component to this treatment, rather than memorizing lines and performing according to a director’s instruction. Clients take on a variety of “roles” that allow them to find new ways to approach issues, overcome obstacles and communicate more effectively with others in their lives. This mode of therapy is often performed in groups to provide participants the opportunity to work with others as they seek resolution and solutions to problems they might be struggling with their personal or professional lives.

Drama therapy provides a type of “short-cut” to some clients that find it difficult to talk directly about their issues with a therapist. Through drama therapy sessions, clients may identify the underlying source of their challenges and learn ways to meet the source head-on while overcoming obstacles. In addition, participants have the chance to practice these solutions to ensure a successful transition from therapy to the real world. In the long run, drama therapy is useful in boosting a client’s self-esteem and confidence in their ability to handle the situations they may need to face throughout their lives.

Drama Therapy at Avalon Integrative Wellness

Avalon Integrative Wellness features drama therapy as a useful component to our IOP, offering clients the ability to tailor their treatment plans to their precise situations. Our drama therapy sessions are overseen by a professional that is experienced in this treatment modality to provide the most effective treatment and best possible outcome afterward. To learn more about drama therapy or any of the treatments services offered at Avalon Integrative Wellness as a part of our IOP, contact our facility today at 888-266-9048.